Meet the deadmau5 New Artist Competition Finalists

Last week, we announced the top 10 semifinalists from the deadmau5 New Artist Competition. Today, we are excited to introduce you to the top three finalists, who are one step closer to seeing their song on a mau5trap album.

We had the opportunity to speak to our three finalists and learn more about their creative process. Check out selections from their written interviews (listed in alphabetical order):

“Silence” by KVIII — British Columbia, Canada

Links: Facebook | SoundCloud | Twitter

What first drew you to producing? I first started producing when I discovered Ableton quite by accident. I had been looking for ways to make sounds for my YouTube videos, and discovered the software. After that, I downloaded a demo and never looked back!

What have you learned from deadmau5’s MasterClass? Joel’s techniques for getting started on a track have been invaluable. From building a kit of loops/sounds to his advice about how to turn off the judgemental part of yourself while creating, it has improved my workflow immensely.


“Here to Play” by Mr. Puddles — Miami, Florida

Links: Instagram | SoundCloud

What first drew you to producing? Producing was a very organic progression from playing with pianos and computers to goofing around in Garageband, experimenting in Logic and eventually really getting into Ableton.

What inspired the track that you submitted? Mischief, mountains and a bit of madness….and a very special shout out to the Beatlab community in Los Angeles for their inspiration and support


“Haunt Me” by Okoren — Denver, Colorado

Links: Instagram | SoundCloud | Spotify

What first drew you to producing? Producing is the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. When I started out, it was overwhelming but so exciting to realize that the tools were right there and I just needed to learn them. I see why astronauts/space are related to electronic music in some way because producers are always discovering new frontiers in the space between our headphones, and that excites me!

What have you learned from deadmau5’s MasterClass? This class has changed my life. For almost 3 years I have been nearly homeless, living with siblings or my parents to desperately grow and understand how to make the music I dream of. I have been hungry to get real instruction on how to make compelling tracks. Being around Joel [deadmau5] in this MasterClass somehow bridged the gap in my brain between dreaming and creating… it helps that Joel’s attitude towards making music resonates deeply with what I believe, and who I am.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the deadmau5 New Artist Competition and congratulations to our three finalists!

Visit for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.

Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism

Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, will teach his first-ever online class on Investigative Journalism. 

As a global spotlight has surfaced on trust in news and truth in reporting, there has never been a more important time to examine the fundamentals of reporting, the role of journalism, and the critical checks and balances it provides. In his MasterClass, Woodward, one of the greatest reporters of all time, will teach the lessons he’s learned during his 45-year career and the impact journalism can have. 

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971, and an adjunct professor at Yale where he teaches a journalism seminar in the Spring term. He earned two of the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1973 for uncovering the  Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, and twelve of them have been #1 national bestsellers.  All the President’s Men – Woodward’s first book, coauthored with Carl Bernstein – was a 1976 movie with Robert Redford starring as Woodward.

In his MasterClass, Woodward will tap into his personal experiences to teach students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it. In the process, he’ll teach students how to be more engaged citizens, journalists, and writers. His lessons will focus on how to interact and interview, along with strategies and techniques for building confidence and trust. Through case studies, he will show how he has built trust with people at all levels, including presidents, CIA directors, intelligence operatives, FBI officials, senior and lower-level national security officials, top White House advisers, prosecutors, Supreme Court justices and their clerks, business leaders and members of the House and Senate and their aides. He will use transcripts of interviews he conducted with both Trump and Obama to demonstrate the power of listening and aggressive, patient, all-source inquiry.

“Everyone is a journalist. Every person is a gatherer of facts –  testing and verifying them, assessing their quality and rendering judgements on truth and meaning, then communicating them to others. This is not just the life of reporters and writers but of everyone – scientists, business people, laborers, lawyers, public officials, consumers, and parents. It is the community in which we all live and fundamental to the checks and balances in society… Everyone is a secret sharer in the First Amendment…this is the final exam for democracy.” — Bob Woodward

“Bob Woodward is the best investigative journalist of our time. He helped uncover stories that changed our country’s history, forever,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder. “He’s brilliant, fair, aggressively non-partisan, and an amazing storyteller. There has never been a more important time for us to learn how to uncover the truth and a build a case — to learn from his mastery.” 

deadmau5 New Artist Competition Semifinalists

We could hear the countless hours, late nights, and effort that went into your tracks, which impressed deadmau5, mau5trap and us beyond belief. After a lot of listening and a lot of anticipation in the community, we’re ready to announce our semifinalists for the deadmau5 New Artist Competition.

To listen to the semifinalists’ tracks, check out our SoundCloud playlist below.

Visit for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. You made incredible music. After some difficult decisions, deadmau5 and mau5trap selected the top songs based on their originality, quality, and fit with the mau5trap label.

Each of these semifinalists will receive $1,000 and a Komplete 11 Select production suite from Native Instruments. Next week the top three will be selected to move on to the final round, where they will receive an additional $2,500, along with a Komplete 11 production suite from Native Instruments. The final winner will have the chance to be on a mau5trap album, get career guidance from mau5trap as well as a meeting with deadmau5, and receive Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61 production suites from Native Instruments.


Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting

Meet your new acting coach: Academy Award Nominee, Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson broke out as a critically-acclaimed actor when the Cannes Film Festival awarded the “Best Supporting Actor” award to honor his performance in 1991’s Jungle Fever. Soon after, he was contacted by director Quentin Tarantino for perhaps his most legendary role: Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction. Since then, Jackson starred in another five Tarantino films and has left his indelible mark on Hollywood with roles in films such as Shaft, A Time to Kill, Unbreakable, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, and The Avengers. His colorful and truly iconic 45-year film roster has established him as one of this generation’s most distinguished actors.

In his MasterClass, Samuel L. Jackson will share lessons from his experience playing 100+ characters in some of the biggest franchises in history. Students will learn how to break down a script, leverage their voice, embody their characters, improve their auditioning skills, and collaborate within the industry. Jackson will break down his unique process to deliver an acting class that is unlike any other.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at .

“In my MasterClass, I hope students learn that there’s no limit to what they can make-believe. By the end, they’ll be able to walk into a room, present their best self, and be happy with the result.” –Samuel L. Jackson

“As one of the most successful actors of all time, Samuel L. Jackson has a tremendous amount to teach not only about the craft of acting, but also the practical side of building your acting career.” –David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder

Judy Blume Teaches Writing

We are excited to announce Judy Blume Teaches Writing!

Judy Blume has sold over 85 million copies of her books worldwide, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Blubber; Forever; Summer Sisters; and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge. With a career that spans more than fifty years, Judy has been recognized as a Library of Congress Living Legend, was awarded the 2004 National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association, and in 2017, The E.B. White lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

In her MasterClass, Judy will teach how to write stories people love. Students will learn how to take their own personal experiences and turn them into fiction for all ages. The class covers creating vivid characters, writing realistic dialogue, plot, rewriting, and editing.

In addition, Judy shares exclusive excerpts from the security notebook she created before writing her latest novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event.

Pre-enrollment for her class begins today at


“This is my chance to share my experiences, my process, and what I’ve learned in fifty years of writing, in the hope that it will inspire and encourage you, and maybe even light your fire.” —Judy Blume.

“For an entire generation of Americans (including my own), Judy Blume’s honest adult voice became a central part of growing up. She taught us about topics no one else would even mention. As a result, her books were banned from libraries across the country, while at the same time her characters were being cherished by millions. The lessons she shares in her class will help those who write for children, but also those who write for adults. Her passion for storytelling will encourage writers of all ages. Plus, she’s just a lot of fun!” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass

Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking

Introducing our newest class, Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking.

Before he was the Oscar-winning director of Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese was just a kid from New York who spent a lot of time at the movies.  A lifetime of watching great films inspired him to make some of America’s greatest films. Now he’s bringing you into his world to share his insights into the history of film and filmmaking.

With a career that spans more than fifty years, Scorsese is one of the most influential and revered filmmakers working today.  In 1990, he started The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and restoration. The Foundation’s preservation, education, and exhibition programs have helped raise awareness about the importance of film preservation, and in the process has saved over 750 films.  Scorsese’s passion is renowned and his directorial achievements have received numerous awards, including: Academy Award, Palme d’Or, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, DGA, Silver Lion. In addition, Scorsese has received awards for lifetime achievement from the AFI, BAFTA, DGA, and many more.

Pre-enrollment for Martin Scorsese’s class begins today at   

“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions, not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way. It was so important for me to have people that passed down their own knowledge when I was young, and MasterClass has given me an opportunity to try it myself.” —Martin Scorsese

“Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all-time, but he’s also an eternal student. What makes him such a great teacher isn’t just his mastery, but his love of learning. This is a once in a generation opportunity.” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass

James Patterson’s Co-Author Competition Winner

Today, we are excited to announce the winner of the second James Patterson Co-Author Competition! After receiving book outlines from the three finalists, James chose Tucker Axum III from Lafayette, Louisiana as the grand prize winner. James couldn’t pass up Tucker’s story of espionage and sex trafficking in the seedy underbelly of Japan. Tucker now has the chance to bring his story to life as James Patterson’s co-author.

“I enrolled in James Patterson’s MasterClass to learn more about his writing philosophy, and to improve my own writing,” Tucker explains. “Patterson’s course is amazing, and I’m thrilled to be part of this experience. I thank my fellow classmates, and salute MasterClass for their commitment to bringing the experts to our fingertips.”

Thanks to all the MasterClass students who participated in the competition and congratulations, Tucker!